by Guo Chunju
EDINBURGH, March 5 (Xinhua) -- A Scottish lawmaker on Tuesday hailed Chinese leaders' efforts in building a "beautiful China" with better education and health services.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Graeme Pearson, Convener of the Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on China, commended China's fast economic development over the past decades.
"In the world of the 21st century, China is coming more and more to the forward and has an important role in terms of relationships, a possible market to sell sorts of product for Scotland, and a relationship for the future of the world, in a broader sense of politics," he said.
According to Pearson, China's 12th five-year plan indicated efforts to "manage the economy of the country to spread wealth among the nation, a faster movement of people's livelihood, quality of life issues are going to be important in the next five years."
He also highlighted the objectives of lower pollution and energy consumption, the capacity of renovation with products "created in China," not just "made in China," noting that Scotland could work together with China in the related sectors.
Commenting on China's peaceful development, Pearson said that from China's five-year plan, "you see what China seeks to achieve is reasonable, there is nothing to cause conflicts. I think the same should pertain to the international relationships."
The Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on China seeks to promote relations between Scotland and China, not only in recognition of the crucial importance of China as an economic power, but also of the role of China as a cultural force.
The Group seeks to work with organizations and authorities to increase cultural, educational and economic exchanges between the two sides, to develop a dialogue with the Chinese General Consulate in Edinburgh, and to engage with the Chinese community in Scotland.